Akhtar bets on Kohli to surpass Sachin's record of 100 international centuries

Akhtar bets on Kohli to surpass Sachin’s record of 100 international centuries

Shoaib Akhtar
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The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is regarded as one of the finest of this era, and not many would disagree with this fact. He has been smashing records and scoring runs with utmost ease so far and possesses all the abilities to become an all-time great.

There have been many former cricketers who have spoken high of Kohli’s talent, and the latest addition to the list is the ‘Rawalpindi express’ Shoaib Akhtar who feels that the current Indian skipper could well smash 120 international centuries eclipsing the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

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Cricket – Sri Lanka v India – First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka – July 29, 2017 – India’s captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Akhtar quoted Khaleej Times:

“If Misbah-ul-Haq can play until 43, I am sure Virat can play until he is 44. If he plays that long and if he continues to score the way he is doing now, I have no doubt that he is the only one who can do it. In fact, he can hit 120 centuries”

“But comparing him to Sachin is not justified. Sachin was an all-time great. In today’s era, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman”

The quickie also told that he would have loved to bowl to Kohli a bit more as it would have been a wonderful contest according to the Pakistan legend.

“It would have been great if I had played against him a bit more. Unfortunately he was too young towards the end of my career. He only faced one ball from me in Sri Lanka”

Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Friendship, Mumbai, Team India, Rajdeep Sardesai, Book Launch
Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in December 1989. Photo Credit: Web/Google.

Shoaib was all praise for Sachin too explaining how the little genius went on to score 100 centuries in his career in which he faced some top class bowlers such as Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

“You know when I first came to international cricket, it wasn’t easy even for someone like Sachin to play me because I was bowling so quick. When I first played international cricket, Sachin was in his 10th year in international cricket and he had to face me, Glenn McGrath, Wasim, Waqar.”

“But he still went on to score many more hundreds to become the only player to score 100 international centuries. That showed the ability of the man.”

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